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July 23, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(12):1033. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960120033011

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In this issue of The Journal the first annual listing of Postgraduate and Graduate Courses for Physicians appears (pages 1052 to 1131). This listing is for the period September 1, 1955, to August 31, 1956, and has been prepared by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals. It replaces the two semiannual lists published heretofore. As a result of the recently completed Survey of Postgraduate Medical Education, the new listing includes many more sponsoring institutions than in the past. The two categories of "graduate" and "postgraduate" courses are based on the definitions of these two phases of medical education adopted by the House of Delegates in December, 1952. In brief, graduate medical education is designed to prepare a physician for specialty practice or an advanced academic degree, whereas postgraduate education is designed to keep the physician abreast of his own field of practice or enlarge his knowledge of one specific

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